How Delays Have Altered the ACA Timeline

Topics: Health Care Reform

If polls about the Affordable Care Act tell us anything, it is that people are still confused by the health reform law. That's no surprise -- it's a complex law that aims to fix some of the country's most challenging (and politically sensitive) problems. 

However, attempts to explain and clarify the law to the millions of people that it affects have been obfuscated by a slew of changes to its timeline and rules. Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that, as of February, about half of uninsured individuals still did not understand how the law would affect their families. Moreover, just 24% of uninsured survey respondents knew that the deadline purchase coverage was March 31.

To better understand the changes to the ACA, the graphic below outlines when certain components were supposed to start (or end) and how the dates have been revised.

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